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CONCACAF President wants Caribbean World Cup Winner

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb says the focus is on developing the region's football in order that one day a team from the area can lift a World Cup title for the first time. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - President of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb says the focus is on developing the region's football in order that one day a team from the area can lift a World Cup title for the first time.

"The priority is to continue to focus on development in CONCACAF as we have never won a FIFA tournament," Webb said during the launch of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston yesterday, January 9, 2015.

The tournament will run from January 9-24 at the National Stadium and Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James. Twelve nations will battle for the CONCACAF Under-20 crown, as well as four spots to the 2015 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand.

With regards to the championship, Webb, who is also a FIFA vice-president, anticipates a "very exciting and competitive tournament".

"This one will be exciting and challenging for host Jamaica and the other competing nations. I wish the best four teams will qualify for the Under-20 World Cup and represent the region well," Webb, who is also chairman for the World Cup in New Zealand said.

"The staging of the 25th edition of the tournament has seen a change in format. The previous format was not good value. We wanted the teams to get more opportunity to develop by playing more games against each other," Webb said.

He also thanked Scotiabank for their initiative to sponsor tournaments in the region.

In response, Heather Goldson, Scotiabank's regional marketing director confirmed her company's partnership with CONCACAF until 2018.

"This deal will run until 2018 and covers tournaments in CONCACAF, starting with the Under-20 championship in Jamaica," Goldson said, declining to offer the full financial details.

5 Responses to “CONCACAF President wants Caribbean World Cup Winner”

  • goat water (10/01/2015, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More promises
  • paul (10/01/2015, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These are real good promises for all the region and for sure our president does deliver thank god
  • RealPol (12/01/2015, 10:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Winning either the Caribbean World Cup or the World Cup is a lofty goal. But it will take passionate focus, relentless commitment, aggressive dedication, structured planning and development and implementation. Regional countries have small population and a smaller talent pool relative to larger countries.

    Thus, to stand a chance of being more competitive, regional talent must be synthesized. A regional team modeled on West Indies cricket should be considered. This idea may stressed many regional leaders and population. But it is time we think regionally in regards to economics, politics, education, health, safety and security, environment, sports, public safety, social programme....etc. Going it alone benefit a few while the masses suffer. Time to ditch the individualism for collectivism. The Federation was not perfection but if it embraced and continued the region would be farther along politically, economically and socially. Day in and out, it a struggle for the masses.
    • Veteran (13/01/2015, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A collective team can't happen in Football- the rules wouldn't allow it. Players have to be nationals of the country they represent. The same would have to be apply to the other countries also. Then you will start seeing a South American team instead of Brazil and Argentina. America will buy the best players and make them their national team.
      • RealPol (14/01/2015, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Then there will be no parity. The smaller islands will always be bit players , making up the numbers with no hope of winning.

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